This photo shows the charred remains of a home after a fire erupted, Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Gray, Ky. Fire erupted Saturday at a rural Kentucky home, killing two adults and five children inside, a coroner said. Knox County Coroner Mike Blevins said Saturday afternoon that the adult victims found inside the ranch-style home were a woman and her boyfriend. The woman was the mother of three of the children who died, while two other children were from another family, he said. (AP Photo/The Lexington Herald-Leader, Bill Estep)
GRAY, Ky. (AP) — The uncle of one of seven people killed in a house fire in southeastern Kentucky says he tried to rescue them but was too late.
Gino Cima ('SEE-mah) said Sunday that he made it to the single-story house within minutes of hearing the news Saturday morning and found two bodies by a side door.
Cima says one body was of his adult nephew, and it appeared he had been headed to a room where five young children were sleeping. The other was of his nephew's pregnant fiancée.
He says he then raced to the front of the house, but the children's bodies were already lined up in the yard.
Officials have not identified the victims, but family members say the five children killed ranged in age from 10 months to 3 years. The cause of the blaze has not been released.